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Top Dentists 2019

It’s hard enough remembering to floss daily, so when it comes time to find the best local dentist, you want the process to be as easy as possible. Start with this peer-nominated list of southwest Missouri dentists ready and waiting to brighten your smile.

Edited by Evan Greenberg

Apr 2019

417 Magazine's Top Dentists of 2019
Illustration courtesy of Shutterstock


ABOUT 417'S TOP DENTISTS

This list is excerpted from the 2019 topDentists™ list, a database which includes listings for nearly 100 dentists and specialists in the greater Springfield area. The Springfield area list was based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at usatopdentists.com. For more information call 706-364-0853 or write Post Office Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903 or email info@usatopdentists.com

SELECTION PROCESS

“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and of course physical results. The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as all dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists that they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees. Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received and status in various dental academies can play a factor in our decisions. Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of dentists available anywhere.

DISCLAIMER

This list is excerpted from the 2019 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for almost 100 dentists and specialists in the greater Springfield area. For more information call 706-364-0853 or write Post Office Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903 or email (info@usatopdentists.com) or visit usatopdentists.com. topDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2010-2019 by topDentists, LLC of Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.



ENDODONTICS

Lisa D. Castleman
Advanced Endodontics of Greater Springfield
1338 E. Kingsley St., Suite A, Springfield
417-877-9333

Bradley S. Laird
Joplin Endodontics
5227 S. Main St., Suite A, Joplin
417-782-3636

Mark A. Massey
Greater Springfield Endodontics
2808 S. Ingram Mill Road, Building C-108, Springfield
417-883-7668

Joseph D. McFarland
Endodontics of the Ozarks
3762 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield
417-893-3636

Bradley M. Newberry
Endodontics of the Ozarks
3762 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield
417-893-3636

Jacob Pack
Endodontics of the Ozarks
3762 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield
417-893-3636

Steven B. Raphael
417 Endodontics
1200 E. Woodhurst Drive, Suite A-400, Springfield
417-882-0500


GENERAL DENTISTRY

Nathan J. Bauer
417 Smiles
1824 S. Lone Pine Ave., Suite A, Springfield
417-883-2223

Gary L. Buzbee
Buzbee Dental
1244 E. Lark St., Springfield
417-881-1388

Roger D. Buzbee
Chesterfield Family & Cosmetic Dental Center
2104 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield
417-888-0771

Todd K. Buzbee
Buzbee Dental 
1244 E. Lark St., Springfield,
417-881-1388

Tyler G. Buzbee
Buzbee Dental 
1244 E. Lark St., Springfield
417-881-1388

Charles L. Chambers
Charles L. Chambers, D.D.S.
1402 S. Elliott Ave., Aurora,
417-678-5958

Tracy D. Davis
Excel Dental
1427 W. State Highway J, Ozark
417-581-3600

David L. DeTar
David DeTar, D.D.S.
3115 S. Arizona Ave., Joplin
417-781-8240

Joseph C. Dills
Parkcrest Dental Group
540 W. LaSalle St., Springfield
417-887-1220

Jeffrey L. Dorman
Ascend Dental Design
1200 E. Woodhurst Drive, Building U, Springfield
417-887-3100

Kelly L. Dove
Nixa Smiles Dentistry
725 W. Mount Vernon St., Nixa
417-708-9098

Stephen G. Dove
Dove Dental Group
2910 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield
417-866-7647

Carla C. Duff
Duff Family Dental
1251 E. Sunshine St., Suite 108, Springfield
417-501-8601

John C. Durling II
ADC Dental Group
2827 Arizona Ave., Joplin
417-782-5005

D. Michelle Easterly
Kimbrough Dental Associates
3111 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield
417-887-5661

Daniel S. Fannin
Parkcrest Dental Group
540 W. Lasalle St., Springfield
417-887-1220

Randi C. Green
Springfield Smile Doctor
1320 E. Kingsley St., Suite B, Springfield
417-887-5155

Jason P. Hall
Parkcrest Dental Group
540 W. LaSalle St., Springfield
417-887-1220

Craig A. Hayes, Jr.
Joplin Dental Care
1802 W. 32nd St., Suite H-I-J, Joplin 
417-781-6466

Thomas Hoff
TerraGreen Dental
2305 S. Blackman Road, Building A, Suite 100, Springfield
417-887-3860

Carolyn M. Hunter
Spears Dental
77 Smithson Drive, Cassville
417-847-2461
Editor’s Note: Dr. Hunter no longer owns the practice, but she sees patients two and a half days a week.
 

Derek R. Kaelin
Northside Dental 
2105 W. Kearney St., Suite A, Springfield
417-862-2468

Eric S. Kapustka
Eric Kapustka, D.D.S.
125 Johnstown Drive, Rogersville
417-753-2963

M. Chase Kelly
Kelly Dental
1655 S. Enterprise Ave., Suite A-3, Springfield
417-881-1213

Gregory B. Kivett, Jr.
Associates of Dental Arts
525 W. 32nd St., Joplin
417-781-5600

Kay E. Knipschild
Kay E. Knipschild, D.D.S.
3841 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield
417-887-2929

Richard T. Martens
Martens Family Dental
3850 S. National Ave., Suite 720, Springfield
417-869-6487

Nicholas R. Matthews
Excel Dental
1427 W. State Highway J, Ozark
417-581-3600

Charles C. McGinty
Associates of Dentistry
410 S. Pearl Ave., Joplin
417-781-6800

R. Chris McKowen
McKowen Family Dental
2025 S. Stewart Ave., Springfield
417-865-5017

Ray F. McKowen
McKowen Family Dental 
2025 S. Stewart Ave., Springfield
417-865-5017

Brian H. Morrison
West Plains Dental Group
1725 Hull St., West Plains
417-256-3020

William D. Nunn
Sunshine Dental Associates
3259 E. Sunshine St., Suite HH, Springfield
417-887-7701

Rolando R. Papagayo
Rolando R. Papagayo
640 W. Republic Road, Suite 124, Springfield
417-833-8448

Marcia L. Preston
Preston Family Dental
604 E. Elm St., Republic
417-732-7874

Suzanne N. Quigg
Branson Dental Center
515 Bee Creek Road, Branson
417-336-8478

Jon L. Reagan, Jr.
Family Dentistry of Neosho
1112 Baxter St., Neosho
417-451-2403

Richard J. Reed
Richard J. Reed, D.D.S.
1009 E. 20th St., Joplin
417-623-2440

Robert W. Renger
Shine Modern Dentistry
510 W. 32nd St., Joplin
417-781-6700

Jeffrey S. Rick
Tri-Lakes Dental Center
10994 Historic Highway 165, Hollister
417-335-4630

Channin S. Ropka
Parkcrest Dental Group
540 West Lasalle St., Springfield
417-887-1220

J. Tanner Rust
Clear Creek Family Dental
101 State Highway 125, Strafford
417-631-4490

Charles R. Ryen 
Charles R. Ryen, D.D.S.
2235 E. Kearney St., Springfield
417-862-4192

Thomas A. Saitta
T.A.G.S., INC. 
1557 E. Primrose St., Suite 116, Springfield
417-882-0987

Howard E. Shayne
Fox Grape Family Dentistry
3250 E. Battlefield Road, Suite S, Springfield
417-882-3335

Mary Lynn Shayne
Fox Grape Family Dentistry
3250 E. Battlefield Road, Suite S, Springfield
417-882-3335

Steven C. Sponenberg
Parkcrest Dental Group
540 W. Lasalle St., Springfield
417-887-1220

Stephen E. Stidham
Stephen E. Stidham, D.D.S.
502 E. Bond St., Monett
417-235-5419

Thomas E. Stone
Thomas E. Stone D.D.S.
3331 E. Montclair St., Suite G, Springfield
417-881-1195

David A. Struble
Riverpointe Dental Care
1136 W. Jackson St., Ozark
417-720-2538

Richard D. Tallon
Branson Dental Center 
515 Bee Creek Road, Branson
417-336-8478

Alanna R. Temple
West Plains Dental Group
1725 Hull St., West Plains
417-256-3020

Greg L. Temple
West Plains Dental Group
1725 Hull St., West Plains
417-256-3020

Tom D. Todd
Tom D. Todd, D.D.S.
901 N. Main St., Mountain Grove
417-926-3600

Eric L. Tolliver
Galleria Dental
1550 E. Battlefield, Suite E, Springfield
417-887-5757

David C. Ukena
David C. Ukena, D.D.S.
2820 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield
417-887-5925

Wade W. Warren
Wade Warren, D.D.S.
1736 E. Sunshine St., Suite 1012, Springfield
417-881-3502

Wade E. Wheeler
Primrose Dental
3121 S. Pickwick Place, Springfield
417-883-8080

Preston J. White
White Smiles Family Dental
1419 E. Erie St., Springfield
417-887-6882

Christian R. Willard
248 Dental
523 State Highway 248, Suite A, Branson
417-336-2404

Alan G. Zinke
Alan G. Zinke, D.D.S.
222 E. Primrose St., Suite C, Springfield
417-881-5321


ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

George E. Arquitt III
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
1103 E. Montclair St., Suite 110, Springfield
417-887-8800

Julie B. Becker
The Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of the Ozarks
3820 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield
417-882-0948

Thomas A. Collins, Jr.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
1103 E. Montclair St., Suite 110, Springfield
417-887-8800

Bryan C. Darling
The Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of the Ozarks
3820 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield
417-882-0948

J. David Gipson
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
1103 E. Montclair St., Suite 110, Springfield
417-887-8800

Michael A. Horan 
The Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of the Ozarks
3820 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield
417-882-0948

Glenn J. Makowski
Associates in Oral Surgery & Dental Implants
2819 E. 29th St., Suite 2, Joplin
417-623-2000

Michael J. McNaught
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
1103 E. Montclair St., Suite 110, Springfield
417-887-8800

Christopher M. Meyer
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
1103 E. Montclair St., Suite 110, Springfield
417-887-8800

Frank R. Newman, Jr.
Mercy Clinic
1965 S. Fremont Ave., Suite 160, Springfield
417-820-9415

Steven P. Quinn
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
1103 E. Montclair St., Suite 110, Springfield
417-887-8800


ORAL SURGERY

Bradley R. Burnett 
Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Joplin
620 W. 32nd St., Suite A, Joplin
417-621-0500


ORTHODONTICS

Kevin R. Austin
Austin Orthodontics
733 W. Center Circle, Nixa
417-725-9600

Patrick M. Bauer
Bauer Orthodontics
2245 S. Blackman Road, Springfield
417-883-3740

Robert F. Becker
Becker & Scott Orthodontics
1200 E. Woodhurst Drive, Building M, Suite 100, Springfield
417-881-4300

Jerry F. Cash
Cash Family Orthodontics
2844 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield
417-881-7512

Tara R. Cash
Cash Family Orthodontics
2844 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield
417-881-7512

Mark L. Dake
Westrock Orthodontics
181 N. Kentucky Ave., Suite 300, West Plains
417-256-5100

Michael R. LaFerla
LaFerla Ortho
2805 E. 29th St., Joplin
417-206-7770

David Sander
Westrock Orthodontics 
181 N. Kentucky Ave., Suite 300, West Plains
417-256-5100

Craig S. Scott
Becker & Scott Orthodontics
1200 E. Woodhurst Drive, Building M, Suite 100, Springfield
417-881-4300

Frank A. Sharp
Sharp Orthodontics
1524 E. Bradford Parkway, Springfield
417-888-3030


PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Carrie L. Arquitt
Arquitt Pediatric Dentistry
3045 S. Delaware Ave., Suite B & C, Springfield
417-883-4746

Jesse N. Gardner
Gardner Pediatric Dentistry
1250 E. Walnut Lawn St., Springfield
417-719-7862

Stuart W. Scott
Parkcrest Dental Group
540 W. Lasalle St., Springfield
417-887-1220

Brett M. Wilson
Joplin Pediatric Dentistry
5227 S. Main St., Suite D, Joplin
417-622-0004


PERIODONTICS

Brad R. Burks
Brad R. Burks, D.M.D, P.C.
1355 E. Bradford Parkway, Suite D, Springfield
417-882-4600

Leo A. Tokarczyk
Leo A. Tokarczyk, D.D.S.
4777 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-882-2880

Jody B. Vance
Jody B. Vance, D.D.S.
1315 E. Montclair St., Springfield
417-889-5297